TRENTON – The Senate Majority Office issued the following response to the State’s Religious Leaders:
The New Jersey Democratic Legislature has restored funding for valuable PROGRESSIVE programs that Governor Phil Murphy cut when he presented his budget in March. It is surprising that these well-respected progressive leaders have endorsed Governor Murphy’s budget that:
- CUT Funding for Abused Children
- CUT Aid to the Disabled
- CUT Aid to Battered Women
- CUT Property Tax relief for the Low-Income and Seniors
- CUT Aid to Re-Entry Services
- CUT Aid to people with Tourette’s
- CUT Aid to Cancer Research
- CUT Aid to People with Autism
- CUT Aid to Higher Education
- CUT Aid to Social Workers
- CUT Aid to At Risk Youth
- UNDERFUNDED School Districts
- CUT Aid protecting people from Lead Poisoning
- CUT Aid to Reduce Homelessness
- CUT Aid to People suffering from ALS
Their comments to the press do not reflect an accurate understanding of what the Legislature has proposed.
Feeding the poor, sheltering the homeless, cancer research, educating all our children equally, taking care of our veterans and our seniors, making housing affordable and keeping taxes to a minimum – these ARE progressive values. And these programs were all CUT by the governor.
The Legislature’s budget restored these programs without raising taxes on individuals. That is progressive.
The facts speak for themselves. While we respect our religious leaders across the State, we also expect them to respect our constitutionally mandated role as legislators to craft and pass a balanced budget. And we did that and presented a budget that fully reflects the values of all Democrats.